Cost of Macedonia's Skopje 2014 'Soared to EUR 560 M'
The price tag of the so-called Skopje 2014 project has risen to EUR 560 M, up from the initially announced EUR 80 M, an investigative network has argued.
In a report published Monday, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) has unveiled the results of its eight-month investigation which includes data procured through Macedonia's Access to Public Information Act and a host of official documents.
Skopje 2014 was envisaged to include some 40 monuments, sculptures, facades and nu buildings - a number which has tripled in the past months, BIRN explains, putting the number of publicly financed objects within the project at 130.
There are many buildings yet to be finished, which "fuels suspicions" the final price tag could additionally rise.
"The costs of security and maintenance are constantly sucking up more funds from the state budget," the network notes.
There is a single construction company which earned some EUR 163 M, or roughly a third of all the public money spent on Skopje 2014.
Authors of monuments and sculptures, on the other hand, were given hefty fees for their work sometimes surpassing millions of euro.
This comes against the backdrop of a political crisis in the Southeastern European nation where unemployment was around 30% in 2014 and GDP and where the government's democratic credentials have often been questioned by opposition, activists and foreign diplomats alike.
Authorities, however, are yet to comment on the allegations.
BIRN's article is available here.
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Opinions posted under the following threads on slavorum.org forum (Bulgaria and "Macedonia" subforums):
Slovenia's version of Macedonism, Veneticism
Macedonia naming dispute
Macedonia for the Macedonians?
Is Macedonia a Slavic country?
The first Bulgarians to have started calling themselvs Macedonians were the ones from Bitolja ("Bitola" in FYROMian "language") - Edessa "Voden" (in both Bulgarian language and FYROMian "language") - Florina ("Lerin" Bulgarian and its FYROMian dialects, including the "literary" one), probably under Vlach influence (there are many Vlachs in that area, for instance Bitolja has many Vlachs as its inhabitants).
See the user Trayko's comments on slavorum.org forum:
"Don't tell me you're also from Bitola-Lerin-Voden region. That's the most brainwashed, fyromized region in so-called Macedonia. I have already revealed multiple times where I am from. From southeast of Kumanovo. So yes, I am a fyromian like you, but fortunately for me, I don't believe I am descendant of some faggot Greek king."
"@Makedonec Hardcore Macedonists, not Fyromian trolls on Slavorum, deny their Slavic roots. Ernest Damianopoulos, a Lerin-Voden-Bitola Fyromian who wasted a lot of his time denying the Slavic roots of Slavs in Vardarskaya province. If you want to be Macedonian so bad, then go learn Greek, stop living in a fairy story where a strong and separate Macedonian ethnicity and language had existed since ancient times. That today Lerin-Voden-Bitola Fyromians are descendants who came down from the trees and are now descendants of Alexander despite speaking a Western Bulgarian dialect with recent Serbianization (languagization of dialect) influences.
Oh, we forgot but now we remember! Teh lulz. Not going to cut it, buddy. Not when there are a zillion evidence that suggests the Hellenic character of this ancient people indistinguishable from ancient Greeks with the Hellenistic kingdoms the legacy of Alexander the Great's conquests, the greatest Greek to have ever lived."
Как да им се отговаря подходящо на македонистите
Аргументи за българщината на БЮРМ
Още за македонизма
Аргументи за българщината на БЮРМ 
Аргументи за българщината на БЮРМ 
Skopian ultra nationalist are "proud"... of statues to ancient Greek historical figures.
Greeks did warn this would happen but unfortunately were criticized by Greek hating morons that today evasively downplay Skopje's change into founders of the Hellenistic period to hide their mistake of calling obvious propagandists "Macedonians".
And it is worth every darn cent. Eat your hearts out. Your reporting is grossly inaccurate, self-serving negative dribble. I am proud of Skopje 2014 and proud to have a governing body who invested in their own country for a change. These days will undoubtedly be remembered as the golden days of Skopje and the brightest era of Macedonia.
You, and the rest of your ilk can cry foul till your hearts content but you are not going to diminish, nor can you spoil our victory dance.